The return of the Haunted House at ACN

Each year at Halloween, the American College of Norway is transformed into a Haunted House for the public to visit. With a break last year due to the pandemic, it was great to bring the well-renowned ACN tradition back to our hallowed halls.

October has been a busy month for the students at ACN, and especially those who are part of the Activities Committee and the Events and Performance Planning course. Each year, a new Haunted House is set up at ACN and this year was no different. Since the house was cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020, it was particularly exciting to bring it back this year to keep up the tradition.

Photo: Moss Avis

The Haunted House is a big production that takes week to plan. Students are divided into four groups; decorations, costumes, marketing and cleaning, and each group has a two or three leaders that are in charge. The process of setting up the house starts out with initial suggestions on themes for the different rooms. Once the set up of the House has been decided, the real work starts. This includes buying props and decorations, making costumes, writing a script for the tour guides, deciding on the roles for the actors, and creating marketing material.

Photo: Moss Avis

A few days before it was show time, the local newspaper Moss Avis came to talk to the students about the house. Thank you, Moss Avis, for featuring us! The article turned out great and can be found here. In the picture above the students are showing the reporter the basement that was turned into a hospital with the nurses from Silent Hill, patients and strobe lights.

Photo: Moss Avis

Can you see which ACNer is hiding behind each mask?

Photo: Moss Avis

The tour started in the library where visitors were met by a hanging body before being brought upstairs to go through a scary maze and the ritual room.

A lot of fake blood was purchased for the spooky scenes. A big thank you to all of the students that helped out with the Haunted House and made it such a success. According to reviews it was just as scary as previous years, if not even scarier… Thank you to everyone who visited us and made all the hard work worth it! Talk about a Halloween to remember!

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